Самыми удивительными вышли соревнования лыжников в Архангельской области. Большую часть призовых мест, а вместе с ними и миллионные призовые, которые они бы никогда не завоевали, получили почти что ноунеймы – спортсмены, про которых мало кто слышал. Настоящие лидеры российских и мировых лыж, например Сергей Устюгов и Александр Легков, тоже участвовали, но заняли аномально низкие для себя места. Есть подозрение, что отказаться от этого фарса они не могли, но и подниматься на подиум тоже не захотели. Впрочем, в других видах спортсмены столь высокой моралью не отличились, и медали, а вместе с ними и миллионные призовые достались объективно сильнейшим. Не стали исключением и соревнования шорт-трекистов в Петербурге.// www.fontanka.ru
Родченков и Макларен отказались от своих обвинений российских спортсменов в употреблении допинга
314. Dr. Rodchenkov was questioned about his account of the clean urine bank. He stated
that although he was not personally involved in the collection of clean urine and had
never seen an athlete give a clean urine sample, he was aware that Mr. Velikodny had
delivered most of those samples in plastic bags.
317. In his oral evidence, Dr. Rodchenkov stated that he had never: (a) distributed the
Duchess Cocktail; (b) seen an athlete take the Duchess Cocktail; © witnessed
instructions being given to athletes and coaches to use the Duchess Cocktail; (d) seen
an athlete give a clean urine sample; or (e) seen an athlete tamper with a doping sample.
Dr. Rodchenkov did not indicate whether a benefit/risk analysis of the Duchess Cocktail
was ever undertaken.
320. Asked by the Panel about the exact composition of the Duchess Cocktail, Dr.
Rodchenkov stated that he needed five minutes to explain, and therefore refrained from
doing so. Furthermore, he stated that he had no information about who transported the
Duchess Cocktail or how and in which form, i.e., pills or liquid, it was transported across
the borders to competitions or training camps abroad. With regard to the washout period
of the Duchess Cocktail, Dr. Rodchenkov confirmed his written evidence that it was
three to five days, although he also stated that the bigger the dose taken by an athlete,
the longer the washout period would be.
328. Prof. McLaren was then asked to comment on the reliability of the documentary
evidence comprised within the Evidentiary Disclosure Package. In his initial response,
Prof. McLaren explained that he had engaged experts to check the metadata of electronic
documentation in order to verify that the documents were indeed created on the dates
they purported to have been created on. He went on to explain, however, that the terms
of the agreement through which Prof. McLaren’s team obtained the database prevented
him from allowing anyone else to check the metadata of the electronic documents. Upon
further in-depth questions from the Panel, Prof. McLaren explained that he does not
know whether Dr. Rodchenkov worked on a hard computer and copied data from the
hard computer to his laptop or vice versa. Prof. McLaren had received the data as an
image of the data in Russian language from a laptop. The authenticity of the data was
examined from that image by an expert whose name he could not remember.
332. Prof. McLaren was cross-examined by the Sochi Appellants’ counsel. During the course
of that cross-examination, Prof. McLaren stated, among other things, that:
He had not specifically checked whether or not each of the athletes listed on the
Duchess List had, in fact, gone on to compete at the Sochi Games.
He did not know whether any of the individual athletes named on the Duchess
List had, in fact, competed after consuming the Duchess Cocktail.
He had not instructed any experts to analyse the likely composition, dosage and
effects of the Duchess Cocktail.
He confirmed that Dr. Rodchenkov’s testimony was that “most” of the
“protected athletes” were on doping programmes. Prof. McLaren considered it
“reasonable to assume”, therefore, that Dr. Rodchenkov’s testimony was that
not all “protected athletes” were on doping programmes. Prof. McLaren was
unable to identify which of the athletes were, and which were not, on doping
He had not attempted to contact any of the Russian individuals, such as Mr.
Kudryavtsev or Mr. Yuri Chizhov, who were named in the McLaren Reports as
having been integral participants in the doping and cover-up scheme described
in the reports.
In view of his mandate, he had not investigated whether any of the individual
Sochi Appellants had failed to comply with doping control procedures. Nor had
he spoken to any of the Sochi Appellants with a view to obtaining information
about potential ADRVs.
335. The authorities in the United States imposed certain conditions in respect of Prof.
McLaren’s ability to communicate with Dr. Rodchenkov and to access his documents.
This included the undertaking that Prof. McLaren would not provide access to the
electronic data files of Dr. Rodchenkov to any third parties, and that there would not be
any transcripts of Prof. McLaren’s interviews of Dr. Rodchenkov. Prof. McLaren
testified that he “had to agree” on these conditions and that he “wasn’t in a position to
negotiate” them. He did not feel comfortable in answering the Panel’s question as to the
identity of the U.S. authorities in question.
336. Prof. McLaren testified that he did not, during his investigation, engage in or enquire
about whether a risk/benefit analysis of the alleged doping scheme was carried out by
those involved or the rationality of the alleged scheme, namely what were the added
benefits of the Duchess Cocktail and whether these benefits were worth the risks of
being uncovered in view of the number of persons allegedly involved and the overall
complexity of the scheme, including the collection and storage of the clean urine, the
incomplete closure of the sample bottles by the athletes before DCOs, the
communication by the athletes of their individual DCF numbers via SMS and the
opening and swapping of the samples.